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CCTV cameras for Dal lake

Statesman News Service | Jammu |

The government is installing CCTV cameras around the Dal and Nageen lakes in Srinagar to prevent further degradation of the world famous water bodies that attract a large number of domestic and foreign tourists to Kashmir.

The chief secretary BB Vyas in a meeting of the monitoring committee for preservation and conservation of the Dal and Nageen lakes took stock of steps taken towards this direction.

Financial Commissioner, Housing and Urban Development K.B Aggarwal, DGP S.P Vaid, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Rohit Kansal, Secretary Law Abdul Majid Bhat, Additional Secretary, Tourism Gulzar Ahmad and Vice Chairman, Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) Abdul Hafiz Shah were present in the meeting while as Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmed Khan and IGP, Kashmir, S.P Pani participated in the meeting through video-conferencing.

The Committee discussed progress achieved and the action taken by the concerned agency related to estimation of pesticides in Dal Lake, conversion of de-weeded material into compost, creation of artificial wetlands, compilation of Water Quality Analysis Report, vegetation mapping, preparation of vision document, procurement of portable eco-sounder, development of Dole Demb, demarcation of Lake boundary and four-laning of boulevard.

The meeting also reviewed the progress on enactment of strong legislation for preservation of all water bodies in the state, establishment of dwelling units at Rakh-i-Arth, assessment of missing links under lake conservation and management programme related to arresting of sewer, demarcation of 200metre zone from the periphery of Dal-Nageen lake with proper signages and geo-tagging, installation of CCTV cameras, strengthening of the enforcement wing of LAWDA, purchase of machinery & equipment for the cleaning of Dal-Nigeen lakes and de-weeding operation.

The Chief Secretary directed the Vice Chairman, LAWDA, to submit weekly activity report on development of Dole Demb. He also directed for carrying out workshops, seminars, debates and other activities for creating sensitivity, awareness and stakeholder ship for conservation of water bodies in the state.